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Arts + Creative Industries e-Newsletter           March 19, 2019


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Co-hosted by The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich and WEMU’s Morning Edition host David Fair, creative:impact features creative people and industry experts who live, have creative practices and jobs, own creative businesses in Washtenaw County and lead the sector locally, nationally and internationally. They are the driving forces making Washtenaw County one of Michigan's strongest and most vibrant arts and creative industry hubs.

March 12 - Meet MCACA's New Executive Director

At the end of 2018, John Bracey announced his retirement as executive director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).  Luckily, the council didn't have to search too far for his successor.  MCACA programs manager Alison Watson will take over as executive director, and she talks about her plans with WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact." Listen here!

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Welcome and thanks to our
New & Renewing Members!
Creative Individuals
People self-identifying as artists/creatives or who work in the creative industries.
  • Sheldon Markle
Creative Businesses
Arts, cultural and heritage organizations and institutions and creative businesses.
Ally Members
Ally members invest in the work and efforts of The Arts Alliance to advocate for, support and promote the arts and creative industries in Washtenaw County.
  • Marty & Bill Grimes
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Quick Links
Calling all Arts + Creative Educators serving Washtenaw County,
join us for an update and provide feedback on the
Arts + Creative Education for Student Excellence (ACEISE) project 

Monday, April 1 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. 
Washtenaw Intermediate School District
1819 South Wagner Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

The ACEISE goal: Entitling every student within the Washtenaw County Intermediate School District with equitable access to high-quality, consistent, sequential, standards-based arts + creative education as integral to their right to a well-rounded education.

Arts + creative classroom teachers, community organizations and teaching artists, join us for an engaging 90-minute update and interactive session seeking your feedback and advice on the ACEISE project.

Click here to register here for this event, so we know how many guests to expect!

ACEISE is a multiyear project of Washtenaw Intermediate School District and The Arts Alliance. It is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

MCACA Region 9 Listening Tour 
with Alison Watson
Register here for this free event.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 

MCACA's new director, Alison Watson, is on a mission. She wants to hear from you. This is your opportunity to have your voice and views heard as you help to shape MCACA's strategic plan for the next five years. What do you see as the role of the Council, what opportunities should the Council consider and how might those opportunities be addressed?

Speaking of MCACA...It's Grant Season Again!

It's that time of year again! The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) announces the opening of their FY20 grant programs:
  • Arts in Education
  • Capital Improvement
  • Minigrants
  • New Leaders
  • Operational Support
  • Project Support
MCACA will be conducting free informational workshops on grant guidelines and the application process for potential applicants throughout the state in March and April in anticipation of the June 1, 2019 deadline. Workshop attendance is not required for grant applicants; however, updated guidelines and application process changes will be reviewed at each meeting, so attendance is encouraged. Pre-registration or RSVPs are not required. Below is the full grant workshop schedule:
  • March 19 – Ironwood (9-12 p.m.) Ironwood Theatre, 113 E. Aurora St. Ironwood, MI 49938
  • March 20 – Marquette  (9-12 p.m.) Marquette Arts And Culture Center, 217 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855
  • March 21 – Sault St. Marie (2-5 p.m.) Lake Superior State University, Art Center Circle Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
  • April 1 – Detroit (10 – 1 p.m.) Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
  • April 2 – St. Joseph (10 – 1 p.m.) Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd., St. Joseph, MI 49085
  • April 3 – Lansing (10 – 1 p.m.) Michigan Economic Development Corp, 300 N. Washington Sq., Lansing, MI 48913 (Click here for instructions to join this meeting online)
  • April 8 – Alpena (9 – 12 p.m.) Art in the Loft, 109 N. 2nd Ave., # 300, Alpena, MI 49707
  • April 9 – Manistee (9-12 p.m.) Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St., Manistee, MI 49660

Important Arts Action Fund Survey is Open
Until Friday, March 22

The Arts Action Fund and Americans for the Arts want better understand the demographics of those they serves as part of their commitment to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive and equitable nation.

Visit to complete the survey. 

This survey will only be open for 5 days—it will close at 11:59PM ET on Friday, March 22, so complete it today!
Washtenaw County News 
Ann Arbor's Water Hill Music Fest calls it quits amid concern over keeping 'non-commercial character', Gus Burns,, 3/10/19
Students at Ann Arbor's Skyline High create flags to hang downtown for Youth Art Month, Meredith Bruckner, All About Ann Arbor, 3/7/19
New panelized mural proposed in Kerrytown, Emily Benda, Concentrate, 3/4/19
Michigan News 
Kellogg grants $1.5M to Motown Museum, Sherri Welch, Crain's Detroit Business, 3/11/19
Cranbrook Institute of Science launches STEM curriculum in Pontiac School District, Kristen Bujold, The Oakland Press, 3/4/19
Poetry Out Loud Announces State Champion, Michigan Humanities, 3/2/19
National News and Beyond
Former U.S. poet laureate W.S. Merwin dies at 91,, 3/15/19
A first look at Hudson Yards, NYC's new $25B neighborhood, Yasmin Gagne, Fast Company, 3/14/19
Arts Sector Contributed $763.6B to U.S. Economy, Isaac Kaplan, Artsy, 3/8/19
Events, Exhibitions & Workshops
Presented by Members of The Arts Alliance

Special - One Time Events
Gifts of Art: Joachim Angster & Chiao-Yu Wu
3/21/19, 12 p.m.
University Hospital Main Lobby, Ann Arbor
Washtenaw Community Concert Band: A Celebration of 40 Years
3/21/19, 7:30 p.m.
Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor
Michigan Theater: Randy Rainbow Live
3/22/19, 8 p.m.
603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
Kerrytown Concert House: Tom Sharpe of Mannheim Steamroller
3/22/19, 8 p.m.
415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor
Pointless Brewery & Theatre: Pointless Improv Shows
3/23/19, 8 & 10 p.m.
3014 Packard Road, Ann Arbor
Riverside Arts Center: DO(something)
3/28/19, 9 a.m.
76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti
Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Monthly Meeting
4/8/19, 6:30 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor
Pittsfield Charter Township: Earth Day Family 5K
4/13/19, 11:30 a.m.
Lillie Park South, Ann Arbor
AAWA: April Speakers Program - Amy Ferguson
4/15/19, 7 p.m.
4844 Jackson Road, Suite 100, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven 9
4/27/19, 8 p.m.
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
Performing Arts
Wild Swan Theater: Jack and the Beanstalk
Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor

Saline Area Players: Scrambled
The Fifth Corner, Saline

Theatre Nova: Mazel Tov
410 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor

Kickshaw Theatre: The Ding Dongs, or What Is The Penalty In Portugal?
trustArt Studios, Ann Arbor

The Purple Rose Theatre: All My Sons
137 Park St., Chelsea

57th Ann Arbor Film Festival
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
Downtown Ann Arbor
Westside Art Hop
Westside Neighborhood, Ann Arbor
Riverside Arts Center: "Towards/Past the Future"
Ends 3/31/19
79 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti
AAWA Spring Juried Exhibit
Ends 4/5/19
Opening Reception: 3/22/19, 6 p.m.
Malletts Creek Branch, Ann Arbor
Sophie Grillet
Ends 4/18/19
Opening Reception: 4/19/19, 5 p.m.
Laila Kujala Art Studio and Gift Shop, Milan
Argus Museum: "Water is Life"
Ends 5/10/19
Opening Reception: 2/21/19, 6 p.m.
525 West William, Ann Arbor
U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology: "Ancient Color"
Ends 5/26/19
434 S. State St., Ann Arbor
UMMA: "Power Family Program for Inuit Art - Tillirnanngittuq"
Ends 10/6/19
525 S. State St., Ann Arbor
Stamps School of Art and Design: Various Exhibits
Various Dates
2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor
Jill Stefani Wagner: UART Workshop
The Studio: Where Art Happens, Ann Arbor
MCACA Grant Workshops
Various Dates
Various Locations Across Michigan
Wild Swan Theater: Spring Classes New!
Various Dates
6175 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor
CultureSource: Sustainable Fundraising for the Arts
Various Dates
Co.act Detroit, Detroit
FoolMoon Luminary Workshops
Various Dates
Workantile, Ann Arbor
Hollander's Spring Workshops
Various Dates
410 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor
The Business of Being an Artist Speaker Series
Various Dates
Great Lakes Center, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor

Find more events on these calendars:
Ann Arbor Observer
Current Magazine
Destination Ann Arbor 

WEMU Community Calendar 

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Call for Artists and Auditions
Washtenaw County
Dexter Art Gardens
Deadline: 3/27/19
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre: Curtains New!
Auditions: 3/31-4/1/19
43rd Annual Sounds & Sights Festival
Deadline: 4/1/19
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original College Student Program New!
Deadline: 4/9/19
Westside Art Hop
Deadline: 4/22/19
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra 2019 Young Artist Competition
Deadline: 5/10/19
Auditions: 6/15/19
Michigan Medicine: Gifts of Art
Deadline: 5/31/19
Boychoir of Ann Arbor
Auditions: Ongoing
CTN TV Studios New!
Deadline: Ongoing
Riverside Arts Center
Deadline: Ongoing
The Orange Peacock Gallery: ARTitude 
Deadline: Ongoing
Artistica Gallery: Call for Artists
Deadline: Ongoing
The Aquarium Gallery: Call for Installations
Deadline: Ongoing
Visitor Studies Association (VSA) Conference
Deadline: 4/10/19
Belle Isle Art Fair
Deadline: 4/19/19
Knight Arts Challenge 2019 New!
Deadline: 4/19/19
Michigan Humanities Awards
Deadline: 5/1/19
Royal Oak Commission for the Arts, 2019 Art Explored Program
Deadline: 5/1/19
Funky Ferndale Art Fair
Deadline: 5/17/19
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
Deadline: Ongoing
Sleeping Bear Dunes Artist Residency
Deadline: Ongoing
Vending Machine Project
Deadline: Ongoing
South Haven Center for the Arts
Deadline: Ongoing
National and Beyond
NPR Student Podcast Challenge
Deadline: 3/31/19
NEA Musical Songwriting Challenge New!
Deadline: 4/30/19
Aesthetica Art Prize
Deadline: 8/31/19
MakeRoom Artist Residency
Deadline: Ongoing
Artist Residency at Lightworks
Deadline: Ongoing
Fellini Studio Art Centre Residency
Deadline: Ongoing
More opportunities can be found on:
Creative Many
Art Jobs

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Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

American Alliance of Museums Fellowship Program
Deadline: 3/19/19

D'Addario Foundation Grant
Deadline: 3/31/19

National Parks Service Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program
Deadline: 4/1/19

Creative Arts Exchange
Deadline: 4/1/19

USArtists International
Deadline 4/3/19

TIDAL Unplugged
Deadline: 4/9/19

Rose Fellowship
Deadline: 4/14/19

KaBOOM! Grants
Various Deadlines

Arts Council of Greater Lansing

National Endowment for the Arts

CERF: Artists' Emergency Resources

Surdna Foundation Thriving Cultures Grant

More opportunities can be found on CultureSource!

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Job, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leadership & Planned Gift Officer

Huron Valley Council for the Arts, Executive Director

Cranbrook, Head Archivist New!

The Henry Ford, Account Executive New!

The Purple Rose Theatre, Development Director New!

Living Arts, Program Manager - Early Learning New!

Cinetopia Film Festival, Various Jobs New!

Neutral Zone, Visual and Media Arts Coordinator New!

U-M Arts & Culture Internship New!

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Useful Resources
The Arts Alliance's Resource Page - dozens of sites for arts & creative people and businesses.

2019 NEA Guide New!

Articles and Reports

Arts Funding at Twenty-Five 

Complete Guide to 2018 Artist Grants and Opportunities

2018-19 Arts Midwest Touring Fund Guidelines

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Report

Michigan Nonprofit Association: Career Development Membership
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